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Scott Beckerley
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I wear a number of “hats,” so to speak (covers my bald head well). I am an assistant manager at the SF store. I also manage the SF tasting bar and work sales as well. Working the sales floor allows me to explore different vineyards and regions. Luckily, there are opportunities at K&L to bounce around a lot. I’ve developed a preference for wines that are drier, more tart and more complex. Fruit bombs are not my thing like they were when I was, ahem, younger. I definitely prefer more terrior and wines that are “earthy,” particularly with some age on them. My advice? Trust yourself and try to keep track of what you have had that you like. Don’t let anyone tell you what you are supposed to like. Everyone has a different palate and that’s what makes this business interesting.


Reviews

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Lehmann "Jamesse Reference" Grand Champagne glass (ship as 6pk *in styrofoam only)
Review Date: 5-27-2014
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Earlier this Spring, I was able to visit Lehmann glass in Reims one (fairly early) morning. After the initial eye-googling in their showroom, where the array of glasses and their collection of glass Champagne buckets dazzles, we were able to sit down and look at the Jamesse line. The star of which, for me, is their Champagne series. The "Reference" Grand Champagne glass is the little brother to the "Prestige" glass. He is just as attractive as his big brother but, a little heavier. Not overweight, of course. Just more sturdy. Like his brother, he has a great nose and bubbly personality. He's also less expensive to have around. Seriously, for me, this is THE glass to have at home for your everyday Champagne needs. It is beautiful to look at, Sommelier certified and very, very affordable. So, you won't feel bad if you break one after that mag of Cristal!
Top Value!
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Henri Giraud Fût de Chêne Brut Champagne
Review Date: 3-25-2014
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Henri Giraud is the only producer in Champagne to use the oak of the Argonne forest for fermenting and aging his wines. This is evident in this gorgeous release of the Fut de Chene, which offers richness, nuttiness, and extreme complexity. The Argonne oak adds to this complexity and it never overwhelms. It is a component that adds depth and richness. Initially full on the forefront and the mid-palate, the almond, apple, brioche and apricot flavors finish with surprising acidity, minerality, salinity and notes of honey. This champagne is perfectly suited to main courses of white and (light) red meats or game bird. Those of you who are Champagne collectors (and lovers) should really consider this beautiful bubbly and step outside of the box! This producer has a very small production of 25,000 bottles, for ALL of their selections, so this bottling is sure to sell quickly. Don't wait!
Drink from 2014 to 2029

Henri Giraud "Hommage Francois Hemart" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 3-25-2014
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Rich in style with loads of cream and baked, golden apples and ripe pears. A lot of structure with a nice, long finish. Seventy percent pinot noir with 30% chardonnay added for acidity. Rich, creamy and balanced. Lovely finish with citrus, nuts and floral notes. Giraud is the ONLY Champagne producer to use wood from the Argonne forest. This wine is back in stock after a considerable absence, so for those of you who are discriminating Champagne buyers, it is time to rejoice. (25 March, 2014)
Drink from 2014 to 2021

2002 Thienot "La Vigne aux Gamins" Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 3-20-2014
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Wow! This bottling of Champagne Thienot's "Gamins" has it all. The traditional elements of a superb blanc de blancs and so much more! Both green and golden apples are present (more so for the latter) as well as clay and dough notes on the nose. Lush lemon curd, light honey and nutty flavors on the palate. Wonderfully long finish! This bubbly would be a stellar addition to any cellar and should last another 20 years or so. Extremely impressive and worth every penny. For me, it is right up there with Krug and Salon.
Drink from 2014 to 2034

2006 Thienot "Cuvée Garance" Brut Blanc de Rouges Champagne
Review Date: 11-15-2013
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This 100% Pinot Noir offering from Thienot is just amazing with duck, as I found out at Ame restaurant recently. It has a fascinating nose of pomegranate, apricot and peach. A graceful palate of dark, red fruits, toasted nuts and (yes!) minerality. Initially lush, with a tightly wound finish. Pretty much everything here to satisfy any Champagne lover!

Ragnaud Sabourin K&L Exclusive Fontevieille #35 Cognac 750ml
Review Date: 8-20-2013
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Similiar in style to the No. 20 but, with more vanilla, richness and oak. This cognac also has the stone fruit and nectarine notes with a very, very long finish. Very smooth, and a cognac to linger over an enjoy by itself.
Price: $169.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Ruinart Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 8-17-2013
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This is one of our richer styled Brut Rose champagnes. It has a lush nose of dark cherries, red fruit and rose petals. Full and rich on the palate with dark, red fruits and smokey notes. Rich and spicy, it will please nearly everyone.

Charles Heidsieck "Rosé Reserve" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 8-17-2013
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The first thing that is striking about this champagne is the light, almost orange colour that you see in the glass. Very, very attractive! On the nose, gobs of strawberry and blood orange scents. On the palate, strawberry, raspberry and cream. Lingering finish with good acidity.

2004 Perrier Jouët "Belle Epoque" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 8-17-2013
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Remember those old "don't hate me because I am beautiful" commericals? Well, the Belle Epoque bottlings are kind of like that. Iconic in packaging and yes, beautiful. So beautiful that the contents inside the bottle often get overlooked. In the case of this 2004 release, we have a "beautiful" nose that is delicate with cream, white flowers and stone fruits. In the mouth, peach, green apple, ginger and lemon flavors. Very clean with ample minerality. Sometimes, the prom queen is beautiful inside and out.

1999 Thienot "Cuvée Alain Thiénot" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 8-17-2013
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An absolutely stunning effort composed of 60% chardonnay and 40% pinot noir. It has a wonderful nose of red fruits and freshly baked bread. Lush and mouthfilling with a fine bead, dark red fruits and a light savory note. Simply delicious. The Thienot champagnes were amongst the most interesting I tasted during our "Champagne Summit" on August 13th with about 75 other selecctions.

Thienot Brut Champagne
Review Date: 8-17-2013
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This uber-small producer has managed to produce a fine little Brut at a very affordable price. It is composed of 45% chardonnay, 35% pinot noir and 20% pinot meunier with up to 40 reserve wines used in the blend. It has a bright cherry nose with nice citrus notes. On the palate, rich and round and fairly dense with weighty red fruits. Nicely balanced with good acidity.
Top Value!
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

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Piper-Heidsieck Brut Champagne
Review Date: 8-17-2013
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This is a great little champagne at a very affordable price! It has pear and ripe flavors on the nose with some cream, as well. On the palate, juicy and rich but, there are also ample mineral notes on the finish. Very, very nice at a really great price!
Top Value!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart WS 91 BC 0

Billecart-Salmon Extra Brut Champagne
Review Date: 8-17-2013
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Lime and green apple notes on the nose. Excellent acidity and cleanliness. Citrus flavors on the palate with lemon/lime, necatarine and some saline notes. A great wine to have with shellfish, whitefish and crab.

Krug Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 8-17-2013
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Even though I am a bit of a Krug fiend, actually I'm very much a Krug fiend, I just love this Brut Rose! It has an elegant nose of rose petals, tart strawberries and white pepper. A bright forefront with raspberry fruit merges into a tart strawberry and spicebox flavors at the back of the palate. Absolutely lovely! Will make a great cellar addition for the next 4-5 years.

2004 Dom Pérignon Brut Champagne
Review Date: 8-17-2013
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This newest release harkens back to the quality of the 1996 and 2000 vintage DP. A beautiful nose of white flowers, toasted almonds and cocoa. Much cleaner than the 2003 vintage, with clean citrus notes to balance the yellow apple and stone fruit palate. A very nice effort!

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